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act

to perform in a play (verb)
a division of a play (noun)

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acting area

the area of the stage where actors perform

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backstage

the offstage area hidden from the audience that is used for storage, preparation, and stage technicians

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blackout

an extinguishing of the stage lights, often at the end of a scene

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blocking

-the specific staging of a play's movements-- precise indications of where actors are to move
-(improv) rejecting information or ideas offered by another actor

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breaking character

when actors do or say something inconsistent with their character

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business

the minute physical behaviour of an actor

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caricature

a character portrayed very broadly and in a stereotypical fashion

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character

a "person" in a play, played by an actor

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climax

the point of highest tension in a play

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cheating out

to turn or face more towards the audience

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comedy

a funny play
a play that ends happily

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convention

a theatrical custom that the audience accepts without thought

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cue

the signal that indicates a change of any kind during a performance

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denouement

the final scene(s) in a play devoted to tying up loose ends after the climax

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dialogue

the speeches (delivered to one another) of the characters of the play

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drama

the art of the theatre

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expectation

refers to the character's expectation of succeeding in achieving his/her goal
what the character thinks will happen

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focus

-the place where the audience is to look
-staying in character, even with distraction

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fourth wall

the imaginary wall which separates the audience from the stage

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genre

a distinctive class or category of play

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goal

what the character wants

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house lights

the lights in the area of theatre where the audience sits

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inciting action

in play construction, the single action that initiates the major conflict of the play

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intermission

a pause in the action during which the audience may leave their seats for a short time

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mime

a stylized art of acting without words

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motivation

that which can be construed to have determined a character's behaviour

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musical

a generic name for a play with a large number of songs, particularly when there is also dancing

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objective

the basic goal of a character

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obstacle

refers to what stops the character from achieving their goal